Alex (No. 12) goes down to his knees
It was quite a race today! My early pick was High Limit. I thought he would improve off of his terrible Derby finish with a smaller field and the addition of blinkers. He did, finishing fourth behind Giacomo. Giacomo showed that, while he is talented, the Derby win may have been due to a perfect trip.
The story, however, was with Afleet Alex, the betting favorite. A horse called Scrappy T was in the lead turning into the stretch when Alex started to make his move. At that exact moment, Scrappy T's jockey gave him a smack with a left-handed whip. Obviously surprised, Scrappy T veered right and crossed right into Afleet Alex. Alex's knees hit the dirt and both jockeys almost came off. Would have been a tremendous disaster. Jeremy Rose, the jockey, hung on and, somehow, Alex got up and kept running. He passed Scrappy T and won going away. Amazing!!
We've had two fabulous races, so far. I can't wait for the Belmont.